Oriental rugs and woven tapestry--type rugs can make beautiful wall hangings. Those with muted shades of colour can be an asset to room decor. Taking reasonable care in the hanging method will insure that no harm will be done to the rug even if it is an inherited heirloom. Museums have long used this method to display rugs that are very old. If you have a rug that is precious to you and you have chosen not to use it on the floor, consider these methods to display light- to medium-weight rugs no larger than 4 feet by 6 feet.
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Things you need
- Canvas fabric (non-acid)
- Carpet or button thread
- Decorative drapery rod (heavy-duty wood with finials)
- Stud finder
- Screws and heavy-duty wall anchors, if needed
- Adjustable shelf standard
- 1-inch-by-4-inch painted board
- Tape measure
- Canvas stretcher
- Linen fabric
- Stapler and staples
- Picture-hanging brackets
Sew (by hand) a strip of canvas to the end section of the rug's back side using button or carpet thread.
Use a simple whip stitch to attach both sides of the canvas strip to the back of the rug, forming a sleeve to slide the rod through. When sewing this sleeve, use a coloured thread that will blend with the colours of the rug and carefully catch the threads in the rug.
Use a stud finder to locate wall studs. Mount the brackets (furnished with the rod) into the wall studs. If not mounting into the wall studs, use heavy-duty wall anchors.
Slide a heavy-duty decorative wood rod through the rod sleeve and attach to the wall using the brackets furnished with the rod. Cut a slit in the canvas sleeve to accommodate the centre rod support bracket.
Be sure the rug lies smoothly on the rod without bunching. When installed on the wall, the decorative finials on the rod will show at the sides of the rug.
Sew a strip of canvas to the back of the rug as outlined in the above section.
Slide in the piece of adjustable-shelf standard (the piece adjustable-shelf brackets attach to)--cut to the width of the rug--through the sleeve. This standard and its brackets are used for installing bookshelves on the wall and are available at home centres and hardware stores. The standard has holes that are evenly spaced and can be hung on slanted nails in the wall.
Cut a small slit in the canvas sleeve to allow the holes in the standard to mount on the nails.This method of hanging will make the rug hang flatter against the wall and is sturdy enough for most light- to medium-weight rugs.
Machine sew the softer side of a strip of Velcro to a strip of canvas (the stiffer side will be attached to the mounting board). Use extra-wide Velcro, if available. If it is not, sew several strips to the canvas and staple the same amount to the mounting board. Some Velcro has a self-adhesive back; if this is used, also sew through the Velcro for extra security.
Once the Velcro is secured to the canvas strip, hand sew the canvas strip to the back of the rug. Be sure the canvas strip is straight when attached. Because weaving threads in handmade rugs are not always perfectly straight, measure from the top of the rug.
Staple the stiffer section of the Velcro to a painted piece of 1-inch-by-4-inch board. The mounting board must be painted to avoid acids in the wood from deteriorating the rug. You can paint it to match or contrast the wall colour.
Attach the board to the wall. Use a stud finder to find the wall's studs. Attach to the studs, if possible. If not, use screws and wall anchors. To hang the rug, firmly press its side of Velcro to the board's Velcro, making sure the Velcro adheres securely and evenly.
Purchase a canvas stretcher (which is primarily used to hold a painting canvas) that is at least 3 inches larger than the rug. This allows the background fabric to show evenly on all sides of the rug.
Cover the canvas stretchers with a layer of linen or similar fabric that is light in colour. Staple the fabric to the back of the frame.
Use a colour of heavy thread close to the background colour of the rug to stitch through the rug to secure to the linen covering.
Hang like a painting or mirror. Use heavy-duty picture brackets on the back of the canvas stretcher, then hang brackets on screws. The screws should be screwed directly into wall studs, or in the drywall with wall anchors.
Tips and warnings
- Use non-acid fabric and canvas to avoid deterioration of the rug.
- Never hang rugs with rings or carpet tack strip.
- Some rugs are too heavy to hang on walls in a home and could possibly cause wall damage or injury should they fall.
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